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Drama/Theatre/Performance : New Critical Idiom (Hardcover) - Simon Shepherd


New Critical Idiom (Hardcover)

Hardcover Published: 16th September 2004
ISBN: 9780415234931
Number Of Pages: 272

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What is implied when we refer to the study of performing arts as 'drama', 'theatre' or 'performance'? Each term identifies a different tradition of thought and offers different possibilities to the student or practitioner. This book examines the history and use of the terms and investigates the different philosophies, politics, languages and institutions with which they are associated. Simon Shepherd and Mick Wallis:

* analyze attitudes to drama, theatre and performance at different historical junctures
* trace a range of political interventions into the field(s)
* explore and contextualise the institutionalisation of drama and theatre as university subjects, then the emergence of 'performance' as practice, theory and academic discipline
* guide readers through major approaches to drama, theatre and performance, from theatre history, through theories of ritual or play, to the idea of performance as paradigm for a postmodern age
* discuss crucial terms such as action, alienation, catharsis, character, empathy, interculturalism, mimesis, presence or representation in a substantial 'keywords' section.

Continually linking their analysis to wider cultural concerns, the authors here offer the most wide-ranging and authoritative guide available to a vibrant, fast-moving field and vigorous debates about its nature, purpose and place in the academy.

Series Editor's Prefacep. viii
Introductionp. 1
A Genealogyp. 5
Drama and Theatre as University Subjectsp. 7
Drama and the Literary Traditionp. 15
History, Theatre, Societyp. 35
The Essence of Dramap. 56
Women, Theatre and the Ethics of the Academyp. 70
Performance, Art and the Avant Gardep. 82
The Rise of Performance Studiesp. 102
Performance Studies: Some Basic Conceptsp. 116
Postmodernism and Performancep. 134
Recent Mappings of Drama-Theatre - Performancep. 151
Keywordsp. 165
Actionp. 167
Aleatoryp. 172
Catharsisp. 175
Character, Mask, Personp. 179
Defamiliarisation and Alienationp. 185
Embodimentp. 191
Empathyp. 195
Interculturalismp. 198
Kinaestheticp. 207
Mimesisp. 212
Performativityp. 220
Presence and Representationp. 225
Semiotics and Phenomenologyp. 236
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 254
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ISBN: 9780415234931
ISBN-10: 041523493X
Series: New Critical Idiom (Hardcover)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 16th September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.42 x 12.7  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1